Kim Ouren

First post: 7/15/2015 Latest post: 3/7/2017
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Dear Family & Friends:

I wish I could reach out to each of you to personally let you know of a recent change in my health. I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and will be having surgery on Thursday, July 16th at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. The surgery will be followed by a series of heated intra peritoneal chemotherapy while in the hospital. They will also be doing additional pathology tests to further confirm the diagnosis.

Since March, I have felt fine but my clothes weren't fitting very well. I dismissed it as not watching what I was eating and not working out. I joined Anytime Fitness in May and after 6 weeks, there wasn't any change and I felt bloated and shortness of breath. An ultrasound and PET Scan showed fluid in my abdomen area. Over 8 liters of fluid (15 lbs) were removed with the test coming back as suspicious for mesothelioma. About 10 days later, another 6 liters of fluid was removed along with a biopsy. The tissue also tested as suspicious for mesothelioma. In preparation for the surgery, a CT Scan was done on my lungs which came back clear so that's some good news!

I am so thankful to have the love, support and encouragement of my husband, Dave and our kids, Derek, Amy and Evelyn; and Leisha and Josh. They will be keeping you informed while I'm in the hospital.







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